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Email update : 20 September 2013

Android KitKat launch draws attention to Nestlé malpractice

A tie-up between Google and Nestlé through the new Android KitKat smartphone operating system was announced earlier this month. It is prompting a reaction in the media and amongst campaigners.

A cartoon by Nitrozac and Snaggy is receiving a lot of attention - click here to see the full cartoon.

The business press sees trouble for Google, with an article in Forbes suggesting:

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Google Might Have Walked Into A Nestle Boycott Problem With Android KitKat.

And the industry press is asking: Android KitKat: Is Nestle tie-in a PR disaster for Google?

Google's own first page of search results on Android KitKat includes a BBC report citing concerns over Nestlé baby milk marketing and pet food recalls.

Android fans have launched a group on Facebook: Love Android - Hate Nestlé.

These reminders of Nestlé malpractice come in the lead up to International Nestlé-Free Week, taking place from 28 October - 3 November 2013 (in some countries this covers Halloween). This is a time for people who boycott Nestlé over the way it pushes baby milk to do more to promote the boycott - and for those who don't boycott to give it a go.

For a roundup of stories, campaigns links and further information see:

Danone accused of bribing hospitals in China as it targets health workers at London conference

The Chinese state television news service CCTV has broadcast a report this week claiming: "Danone bribes hospitals to push baby milk".

The news breaks as Danone was targeting health workers at the Maternity, Midwifery and Baby Conference in London on 19 September 2013, where it had stalls promoting its Cow & Gate and Aptamil formula brands.

The organisers of the London conference were asked if they have ethical criteria for exhibitors, but declined to comment.

In August it was reported that Chinese authorities fined Danone Dumex, the subsidiary operating in China, US$28 million for price fixing, alongside other transnational corporations.

To watch the English-language news report online and for links to supporting information - including plans for demonstrations at company sponsored events - see:

IBFAN Breastfeeding Calendar 2014 - orders now being taken

We will be taking delivery of the IBFAN Breastfeeding Calendar 2014 shortly.

To mark 18 years of the IBFAN calendar, the 2014 edition has favourite images from past calendars, voted on by the IBFAN groups that sell it.

You can view the 12 full-colour pictures in our online Virtual Shop and place your order. Click here:

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